ENLIGHTENMENT - PARIS & FRANCE
Based in Athens, Greece
Specializing in B&W Fine Art Architectural Photography | Private Workshops - Online Mentoring
Architect with a Master degree and International Award-Winning B&W Fine Art photographer (en)Visionographer, multiple times awarded with high distinctions in the most important photography competitions worldwide (SWPA, IPA, PX3, IFPA, B&W Spider Awards, ND Awards - 1st, 2nd, 3rd awards and other distinctions), Julia lives in Athens, but considers herself a citizen of the world and this molded her art and life philosophy.
In her architectural career she has worked at the most important projects and constructions realized in Greece over the past years, conducting projects or working next to some famous names of Greek architecture and of the world architecture as well, among whom RTKL London or Santiago Calatrava.
Julia is mostly known for her B&W long exposure architectural photography, which is her signature style and also the genre that speaks most to her artistic sensibility.
Her professional activities also include writing fine art photography books (i.e. Best selling book "FROM BASICS TO FINE ART - B&W Photography", co-author Joel Tjintjelaar) , teaching fine art architectural photography workshops worldwide, for groups or private, mentoring students online in B&W Fine Art Photography, and working on commissioned photography projects.
She has created the term “(en)Visionography™” - www.envisionography.com , to define her style of photography and to refer to fine art digital photography in general. The term (en)Visionography is a new name for photography – a name that aims to define better photography in the digital era than the traditional name “photography” would define it - and has behind it a theory saying that fine art photography has to do much more with the vision of the artist than with the subject or how the camera captures it, this being what sets free the imagination and creativity of the photographer and what gives him the tools to recreate the world in his images. This theory reflects also in her personal creative and processing method called “Photography Drawing (PhD™)”, method based on how light interacts with volumes and how this can be translated and reinvented in an image in order to provoke emotion, by using the principles of classical B&W drawing in pencil, applied to B&W photography.
If you want to know more about Julia's professional activities, or you want to book one of her workshops or work with her on commissioned projects, please visit for details the page Workshops & Services”.
Published internationally in numerous books and magazines, Julia's photographic work can also be seen online in the most important photography galleries.
TESTIMONIAL...or a few words about me from an artist I highly respect and admire, as the incontestable leader on the scene of today's B&W Fine Art Architectural Photography:
“The world of architectural photography has always been dominated by the more technical and sterile type of architectural photography: photography approached from a need to record the subject in an objective and technically correct way. There are not many architectural photographers who approach this in a fine art way. The few there are don’t make a big impression on me. Simply because they have to lead where they are used to follow. Only the most talented can lead in a relatively uncultivated area. Julia is one of a very few who can lead and it shows in her architectural photographs that reveals her professional knowledge of architecture and her artistry and craftsmanship in B&W fine art photography. She will help determine how fine art architectural photography will look like in the future.”
- Joel Tjintjelaar -
International award winning photographer (IPA 2010/2011/2012/2014)Co-founder of www.bwvision.com | www.glass-star-agency.com/ | www.visionexplorers.com
- PX3 2014 - GOLD (1st Prize) – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS Category Architecture Advertising PROFESSIONALS – for the series EXUBERANCE OF STRINGS
- PX3 2014 - SILVER (2nd Prize – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS) Category Fine Art Architecture PROFESSIONALS – for the series EXUBERANCE OF STRINGS
- PX3 2014 - BRONZE (3rd Prize) – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS Category Fine Art Architecture PROFESSIONALS – for the series FLUID TIME - An (en)Visionographic Chicago Story
- PX3 2014 – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS - 2 Honorable Mentions for the series FLUID TIME - An (en)Visionographic Chicago Story & EXUBERANCE OF STRINGS
- IPA 2014 – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - 2 Honorable Mentions for the series “FLUID TIME - An (en)Visionographic Chicago Story” – Category ARCHITECTURE Professionals– Cityscapes, Architecture Other
- IPA 2014 – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - 2 Honorable Mentions for the series “EXUBERANCE - Lines and Light” – Category ARCHITECTURE Professionals– Architecture Bridges, Architecture Self Promotion
-BLACK & WHITE SPIDER AWARDS 2014 - Nomination – Architecture Professionals Category for the image: "Fluid Time - Parallel Realities"
-ND AWARDS 2014 - NEUTRAL DENSITY AWARDS - Winner of 4 Honorable Mentions for series "Ode to Black", "Like a Harp's Strings", "Catharsis" - Categories Architecture, Fine Art, Landscape, Trees
- PX3 2013 - GOLD (1st Prize) – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS - People's Choice Awards - Category Fine Art Architecture PROFESSIONALS – for the series “ODE TO BLACK” Series overview http://bit.ly/14YK8yu
- PX3 2013 - SILVER (2nd Prize) – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS - People's Choice Awards - Category Architecture Advertising PROFESSIONALS – for the series “ODE TO BLACK” Series overview http://bit.ly/14YK8yu
- PX3 2013 – BRONZE (3rd Prize) – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS - Category Architecture Advertising PROFESSIONALS for the series “ODE TO BLACK” - http://bit.ly/WtNGEd Series overview http://bit.ly/14YK8yu
- IPA 2013 - BRONZE (3rd Prize) – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS for the series“LIKE A HARP'S STRINGS - ENCORE” – Category ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONALS – BRIDGES
- IPA 2013 – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - 3 Honorable Mentions for the series “ODE TO BLACK” – Category ARCHITECTURE Professionals– Buildings, Architecture Self Promotion, Architecture Other
- IPA 2013 – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - 3 Honorable Mentions for the series "CATHARSIS" – Category FINE ART Professionals– Landscape, Fine Art Self Promotion, Fine Art Trees
-BLACK & WHITE SPIDER AWARDS 2013 - 3 Nominations – Architecture Category for the images: 1/ "CONVERGING", 2/ "HIDDEN", 3/ “LIKE A HARP'S STRINGS I - OVERTURE” Details: http://thespiderawards.com/gallery/8th/gallery.php?x=a&cid=221&g=w
- PX3 2013 – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS – Category Fine Art Architecture PROFESSIONALS – Honorable Mention for the series “ODE TO BLACK” - http://bit.ly/WtNGEd Series overview http://bit.ly/14YK8yu
- IFAP 2013 – INTERNATIONAL FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS – Grand Prix de la Découverte – Juror Award of Merit - Architecture Category for the image “LIKE A HARP'S STRINGS VI - ENCORE”
- SWPA 2013 - Sony - WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - Finalist Top 10 shortlist - Category ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONALS - for the series “LIKE A HARP'S STRINGS” - http://bit.ly/YP93Bf
- IPA 2012 – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS – Winner of Honorable Mention for the series “LIKE A HARP'S STRINGS” – Category ARCHITECTURE BRIDGES - http://bit.ly/YP93Bf & http://goo.gl/7GwOS
- IPA 2012 – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS – Winner of Honorable Mention for the series "A PATH TO THE SKY" Category ARCHITECTURE BUILDINGS - http://bit.ly/YP93Bf & http://goo.gl/j6hLB Awarded series overview: http://goo.gl/0lZhi & http://bit.ly/YP93Bf
- BEST OF 500px for 2012 – TOP 10 - Category: ABSTRACT - for “LIKE A HARP'S STRINGS III - RISING” - http://bit.ly/YP93Bf & http://bit.ly/VYFF8Z
What I believe about art
"It is possible to create art without a mind, but it is impossible to do it without a soul. Your art will look exactly like your soul does, it will be a mirror of your truest ego, of your deepest desires, of your strongest feelings and hopes. Whoever knows how to look at it will be able see the whole you in your art. It's not easy to show one's soul so completely naked, that is why you have to truly need it in order to find the way and the courage to create it.
If you don't need it like air, it's not art."
- Julia Anna Gospodarou -
As long as I know myself I was in a constant quest for the best way of expressing myself and my vision about the world in images. In order to do that I've used over time different tools as: drawing, architectural designing and in a large measure photography.
Photography for me represents a language of its own and one of the most beautiful languages indeed, and long exposure photography represents the most magical part of this language, the part that allows us to come in contact with our subconscious and with the things we don't know that we know… What I try do is to speak this language in order to make myself understood, to convey my ideas and feelings and to show to others the beauty I see and the perfection that exists in everything that surrounds us, from an abstract architectural detail all the way to the motion of a wave embracing a rock, or the hint of gesture of a stranger passing in the street.
Beauty and perfection are always there, even in the places that one wouldn't expect them to exist, the only prerequisite in order to see them is to always have your eyes, heart and mind open. I try to find them and when I do I'm happy. I then try to capture them so I can keep them from flying away, I need to afterwards interpret them through my processing so I can add my own self to the equation and finally show the result back to the world. It's a full circle, I take my inspiration from the world around me and I give my images back to it as a sign of gratitude for the beauty that it showed me. All these steps going through the circle are equally fascinating to me and each one adds something to the life of the image I create. For me the life of an image, this process that starts with the image being conceived in the mind of a photographer and culminates when it reaches and gives emotion to the viewer and also back to the photographer himself, this life always aims as its utmost goal at capturing the time and making it last forever. And this is a fundamental aspect of photography: making things, people and emotions immortal.
Beauty is my statement about the world I live in, it's what I search for, it's what interests me when I open my eyes in the morning, when I take my camera and go out shooting and when I sit in front of my images processing them, trying to make them mine, to make them express my own thoughts and feelings about the things I see. Photography makes me happy and this is not a cliché. It surprises me every day and it gives me a safe space where I can be myself no matter what, and this means freedom.
Photography, as an art form, is the utmost expression of freedom, because beauty is above and beyond all freedom of spirit.
ARCHITECTURE AND MY PHOTOGRAPHY CREDO - “(EN)VISIONOGRAPHY™”
I specialize is B&W architectural fine art photography and this has very much to do with my passion for architecture, also with my main profession, which is architect.
My approach to architectural photography is to look at my subjects and present them in a rather minimalist and abstract way. This approach is related to the way I think and to my artistic education and background, also to the preferences I have in art. This way of seeing architecture doesn't mean though that I'm abstracting my subjects in such an extent for my images to become only a combination of shapes.
What I'm trying to convey through my photography is a different way of looking at buildings by emphasizing and presenting almost abstract structural details, without though removing completely the factor of scale, form and context that could help identify the object. This is again the architect in me speaking, since I believe that you can't create real and valuable architecture if you ignore the context, either you harmonize your creation with it, or you aim to contrast with it. Therefore, when capturing architecture I am guided by the same principles as when I'm designing, abstracting my subjects in context. My aim with this “almost abstract” approach of a building is to put the mind of the viewer in a different space, where he needs to find different rules to interpret what he sees, a different language, but where I'm not interested to show him only an interesting or unexpected play of lines or patterns, but also help him have a glance at the essence, the soul of the structure that I photographed, which for me gives substance and emotional value to the photograph, it makes it become warm and alive, it helps it find a quicker way to the soul of the viewer, which is what I eventually aim to touch with my work: I'm not interested in touching the viewer's mind, I'm not addressing to his logic, I'm aiming to his soul and to everything that transcends the logical understanding and cold plain analyze. I'm aiming to create art and, in my world, art doesn't address to the mind, but to the soul. I think this is what defines my work and sets it apart, the fact that I'm not aiming at a logical perfection, but at an emotional one. In this respect, I could call the style of my architectural photography “emotional abstract”, term that also defines my way of thinking in general.
I call the process that leads to the creation of my photographs “(en)Visionography™” and this is the name I give to what I do, the alternative name for photography that I find more suitable for my work, and the result of this process is a fusion of reality and imagination, where the image starts by being a white board where I design and build my photograph by using from reality only those elements that help me convey my vision and the idea I want to present in the final image. Processing is the tool I use to achieve my goal, to give shape to my vision, and the way I'm processing my work is very similar to what I would do if I was drawing the photograph by using a pencil, the same way I do it when I'm drawing on paper. This is why I’m talking about “drawing my photographs” instead of processing them. In essence, what I do is to take a raw image from the world and mold it into the shape of my mind and soul, so I can identify with it. It's a very personal process, as the creation process is for every artist and it first has a meaning and value to me and only afterwards to the others. My goal by doing photography is to first cover my need of expressing myself through art and then to send my thoughts out into the world in a form that can be understood. I'm using light and shadow to “draw” my thoughts into a photograph that is therefore becoming my voice. I know that I have reached my goal when the viewer can “read” my message and is moved by it. Which is the message? Beauty is the message and the mystery of life.
INTERVIEWS & PUBLICATIONS
- Dodho Magazine - Making of and the concept behind the series - Ode to Black | Black Hope and Catharsis publication - http://dodho.com/making-of-ode-to-black-i/ - http://dodho.com/making-of-catharsis/
- Interview & Portfolio Presentation - "Im Gespräch mit Julia Anna Gospodarou" - KWERFELDEIN Photography Magazine, Germany - by Robert Herrmann http://kwerfeldein.de/2013/07/12/im-gesprach-mit-julia-anna-gospodarou/ English Translation: http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/kwerfeldein-magazine-interview/
- Promotional Banner for TOPAZ LABS software - Black & White Effects 2 - featured image: "ODE TO BLACK (BLACK HOPE) V - PERSONA BLACK" © Julia Anna Gospodarou http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2013-topaz/
- Artist Presentation & Portfolio Presentation - "Architectural Photography of Julia Anna Gospodarou" - Dodho Magazine. by Máximo Pranes http://dodho.com/architectural-photography-of-julia-anna-gospodarou/
- Interview: "Architect and International Award Winning Photographer, Julia Anna Gospodarou, honors Press-Gr and answers to Proust Questionnaire" - PRESS-GR.blogspot.com, by Antonis-Marios Papagiotis http://press-gr.blogspot.gr/2013/04/h-press-gr.html
- Interview & Portfolio Presentation - "Interesting Photographers" Site, by Tess Masero Brioso http://www.interestingphotographers.com/main/en/2013/05/09/julia-anna-gospodarou-2/
- Cover Photo and Portfolio Feature - in iPressphoto Magazine http://www.ipressmagazine.com/
- Athens Architectural Photography Workshop 2012 – Feature Article in Artphotofeature Fine Art Magazine http://on.fb.me/ZtZFna
- Art Photo Feature Fine Art Magazine - Feature & Artist Statement http://on.fb.me/XNF4HZ
- Photography Feature as First Artist & Processing Techniques Insight in LENSA Magazine - Fine Art Magazine. Read more here: http://bit.ly/Xz3lTG
- Interview & Portfolio Presentation – Andrew Gibson Blog: http://goo.gl/Sgq7w
- Interview & Portfolio Presentation on Dezineer.com – Art, Architecture & Photography Site by Lefteris Sergios: http://bit.ly/VOr7NR
- How We See It ….More Views of Our Worlds – Book (Sequel of Part 1): http://bit.ly/Pp8xJO & http://bit.ly/Q99Cqj & http://on.fb.me/QQMflT
- Cover Photo and Feature in Plus One Magazine – Issue 1 – Architecture – 2012:http: //bit.ly/RwOMx6
- Portfolio & Interview Feature in Camerapixio Magazine: http://goo.gl/8xSzL & http://on.fb.me/S3qQnH
- My Profile On Camerapixio Site: http://bit.ly/QmZH0H
- Interview on Daniel Treadwell's Photography Site: http://bit.ly/UQ5eyy
- Portfolio Feature & Bio in Art Photo Feature – Fine Art Magazine: http://goo.gl/G7NV0
- Portfolio Feature & Bio in Foturion- Best in Greek Photography: http://goo.gl/uUaBV
- Portfolio Presentation & Interview in Photography Blogger by Christopher O'Donnell http://goo.gl/3iubE
- "Artist Spotlight" in Nathan Wirth's blog http://bit.ly/Wewcgo
- Portfolio Presentation & Interview in Matthias Haltenhof's blog http://goo.gl/UOpyC
- Feature in Stark-Magazine Issue No. 3 – Fine Art Magazine http://goo.gl/UcAu2
- How We See It – Our view of our worlds – book: http://goo.gl/0RPBM
- Plus One Collection 2011 – book http://plusonecollection.com/
(en)Visionography™ - The New Photography : www.envisionography.com
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